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The Crate Debate: Greyhounds November 19, 2007 10:20 AM

Many greyhound adoption agencies encourage crate usage. Some insist that adopters purchase a dog crate when they get a greyhound. Even a number of respected books about greyhound adoption promote crating. At the Greyhound Adoption Center, we advise against it. Proponents of crate usage espouse that dogs are pack animals in need of a den or safe haven, which the crate becomes. Further, they say, a crate keeps a dog safe and prevents it from doing harm inside a home or hurting itself. They fuel their side of the argument by saying many animal shelters suggest crating and many dog behaviorists favor the practice, too. Opponents see it differently. They don't argue with the idea of confining a dog, especially a puppy, for training and safety purposes. They do not, though, believe in making dogs live for extended periods in what is essentially a small box. As a matter of fact, some of those against crating argue that restricting a large adult dog this way can lead to behavior problems, rather than reduce them. They explain that the crate causes the dog to feel excluded from its "pack" family, that is teaches the dog the only den it need keep unsoiled is the box in which it is confined. The crate works against housetraining, crate opponents believe, and worse, against socialization with the family. Read more and decide for yourself:  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 November 19, 2007 4:52 PM

I have never personally believed in crate training. But to think of a greyhound--a larger dog who has lived their lives no doubt in crates while being raced--seems extraordinaly cruel. I think that the ones that been retired from racing desperately need a family and togetherness.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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